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Breaking news: The MSC Musica is visiting South Africa for the first time during the 2018/2019 cruise season. With a maximum capacity of 2550 passengers, the Musica is a larger ship than the MSC Sinfonia (maximum 2065 pax), which South Africans have grown accustomised to (even after the Sinfonia was lengthened). The ship has more pools, a wider menu (including a sushi bar) and a larger theatre (3 deck high) than the Sinfonia. The Musica leaves Venice (Italy) for a grand voyage to South Africa on the 14th Oct 2018 and is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Durban 25 days later - on the way it stops at Brindisi, Crete, Eilat, Petra, Port Victoria, Mauritius and Reunion.

The MSC Musica came into service in 2006 and was the first ship in the "Musica class" (the others are the MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica). The ship boasts spacious staterooms as well as balcony suites, being the majority. The most spectacular sight to be seen on the ship is the lit up three-tier waterfall and piano. The piano has been suspended over a crystal floor above a pool of luminous water, located in the central foyer. The MSC Musica is a reflection of elegance and sophistication and you can be sure to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere whilst cruising to your ideal location.

We are now taking cruise bookings on the MSC Musica for the 2017/2018 season. You can check availability on the Musica by filling in the form below (email if you're experiencing difficulties). By booking with us you qualify to earn SouthAfrica.TO travel vouchers - merely email us a writeup of your Musica cruise and we will send you travel vouchers.

Geiranger (Norway)

Time-lapse video of the MSC Musica leaving Geiranger (Norway):

The MSC Musica is a fantastic choice for a Mediterranean cruise with MSC's Italian style.

News about the MSC Musica & its history

  • 22 Apr 2013. The MSC Musica visits Le Havre in France for the first time. The deputy Mayor of Le Havre, Gérard Vastra, gave Captain Raffaelo Musso (appropriate surname for a captain of the Musica) a medal and plaque.

Captain Raffaelo Musso of the MSC Musica

  • 19 Apr 2013. The Musica calls on Lisbon for the first time.

  • 31 Jan 2013. Interview with the hotel director on the MSC Musica


  • Dec 2011. MSC introduce a new program, 'Approach to Wine'. The course comprises of 5 lessons with both theoretical and practical wine sessions.

  • Dec 2010. A fire was reported in the engine room. The air conditioning and water supply on board was affected.

  • 29 Jun 2006. MSC celebrated the inauguration of MSC Musica with a display of lights and colors.

Crew Party

26 Oct 2013 : Crew party on the MSC Musica - so apparently it's not just the passengers who are having fun.


2013-06-03. The MSC Musica making its way through the Norwegian fjords from Flåm to Bergen.

Rio de Janeiro

Here's the Musica approaching Rio de Janeiro.

Reviews of the MSC Musica

  • New video of the MSC Musica, on an Argentian cruise

  • 20 Oct 2013 Video of the MSC Musica cruise ship

  • 27 April 2013. Walk through the MSC Musica plus cruise footage

Carnaval 2013 time! Warning - this video is 1 hour long and once you start watching it is difficult to stop! Video of a holiday on the MSC Musica with 4 lovely ladies, and great backing vocals. Basking at the pool, good food, plenty of line dancing, getting serenaded on stage, ocean views, evenings at the disco, suntanning, theatre, island time, swimming in the sea, night party on deck and RIO Babe!

Davinder Kaur enjoyed a cruise on the MSC Musica, especially an Indian function on board: "we were part of a big Indian group on the cruise – we enjoyed Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food."

top deck of the MSC Musica cruise ship

Davinder, along with friends and family, had a wonderful time on the MSC Musica and thinks that "this cruise line is definitely worth your consideration." She especially "enjoyed the Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food."

A couple sailed on the Musica in November 2011 and they "found the food on MSC Musica to be most acceptable with the dining room to be pleasant if a little on the warm side. The service was always superb. The theatre is comfortable and impressive, the shows were all different, "special mention must be made of the Riverdance / Lord of the Dance sequence in the show Excalibur which had me on my feet at the end".

Il Tucano Lounge

On 24 August 2010, Susana set sail for the Greek Islands on the MSC Musica and thought "it was the perfect cruise, the entertainment was like been in a Cirq of Solei performance, the food was excellent". She cruised with a group of friends and brought her daughter, aged 15 along. Her daughter "found the activities for teens fun and exciting".

Il Giardino Restaurant


MSC Musica


Entertainment on board the MSC Musica varies from singers to dancers and magicians to acrobats. The entertainment has been compared to that of the Cirque du Soleil show.

20 Apr 2013

Footage from the disco on the MSC Musica - dancing, drinking..."Time of my Life" (remix).

9 Apr 2013

Dancing fun on the MSC Musica.

10 Mar 2013

The audience get involved in some clowning around on the MSC Musica

19 Jul 2011

Inside the Musica

The MSC Musica is the first of the "Musica class" fleet, and can accommodate 2,550 guests with double occupancy. The Musica offers 275 inside cabins, 173 outside cabins, 377 standard balcony cabins, 432 superior balcony cabins and 18 balcony suites (ie 80% of the cabins have sea views). There are 17 cabins which are appropriate for the disabled. The Musica has 5 restaurants with one being a sushi bar, Kaito. There are 10 inside lounges & bars and 2 outside lounges & pool bars. This includes a bar solely for coffee and one for wine. There are 2 swimming pools and 7 whirlpools (including the kiddies splash pool).

For those who like to be pampered, the MSC Aurea Spa & Solarium have their own sauna, steam room, offer Thalassotherapy, yoga & aerobics. The gym and beauty salon are also part of the Spa.

Recreation facilities include the cinema, games rooms, tennis, volleyball, basketball, running track, shuffleboard, miniature golf and a golf simulator.

Cabins & suites

Inside cabins consist of single beds that can be converted into a double bed (on request), spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower. There is an interactive TV, telephone, mini-bar and safe and hair dryer. There is availability of internet connection using your own laptop (on payment). Size is some 14 square metres. The ship has 275 inside cabins.

inside cabin

Ocean view cabins are the same as inside cabins, but have a view of the sea and are larger in size. Size is some 17 square metres. There are 92 cabins with partial views, and 81 cabins with full views.

outside cabin

Balcony cabins are the same as inside cabins, but have a balcony and are larger. The standard balcony cabins are some 18.5 square metres and the superior balcony cabins are some 22 metres square. The ship has some 809 balcony cabins.

balcony cabin

Balcony suites have a double bed (can be converted into two single beds on request), spacious wardrobe, bathroom with tub, TV, telephone, mini-bar and safe and hair dryer. There is availability of internet connection using your own laptop (on payment). It is some 31 square metres in size. The ship has some 18 balcony suites - be sure to snap one up as soon as they become available.

balcony suite

Cabins for people with disabilities have two fixed single beds, a bathroom with a shower, a wardrobe, a mini bar & safe & a TV. It is some 21 square metres in size. There are 12 inside, 2 outside and 3 balcony wheelchair friendly cabins.

Technical specifications

Gross tonnage

92.400 tons







Number of Passengers

2 550 (on a double basis)

Before signing off a little reminder to take loads of photos and videos, and do share them - we love to see photos of our clients trips on the MSC Musica - email to - have a lovely musical cruise :-)

MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

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